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friends of the earth

Legal action threatened over plans to axe solar subsidy

4 Sep 15

Friends of the Earth to explore legal options after government consults on scrapping solar feed-in tariff

Queen's builder

Queen’s builder owed £20m to creditors

4 Sep 15

Details revealed in Companies House records filed by Fairhurst Ward Abbotts’ administrator


Sellafield will seek partner for £22bn decommissioning work

3 Sep 15

New board will look for strategic partner in April 2016 after private sector JV steps down

Canary Wharf

Lighting upgrade saves Canary Wharf Group £400,000 a year

4 Sep 15

LED system allows company to cut over 1,950 tonnes of carbon emissions

Eco school

Scape looks to roll out school modules heated by children

3 Sep 15

Units using thermal mass of pupils can be extra classrooms or basis of new school buildings



Tracker: July 2015

1 Sep 15

The construction activity index took a leap upwards after contraction the month before, while the UK composite index saw its largest increase since 2012

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Staircases are configured as bold single flights to aid legibility and accessibility

The Plimsoll Building: Close encounters

2 Sep 15

The incorporation of two schools into a residential building is an example of school designers becoming more responsive to the changing physical and political environment



Hansom: Unreal

4 Sep 15

This week: Star Wars comes to Disneyland, World Trade Centre visitors are hearing noises, and construction bods are climbing unbelievably far and sailing incredibly fast. Plus, some schoolkids are virtually flattening Stockholm

Project news

King's Cross

Buyers wanted for Government's Kings Cross stake

17 Aug 15

The government has started the process of selling its 36.5% stake in King’s Cross developer King’s Cross Central Ltd Partnership

Jestico & Whiles Edinburgh hotel

Jestico & Whiles 'coiled ribbons' Edinburgh hotel approved

17 Aug 15

Edinburgh job is part of £850m mixed-use scheme

Grafton's Kingston University Town House project - detail of colonnade facing Surrey County Hall

Green light for £55m Kingston uni building

14 Aug 15

Councillors drop objections to Kingston University scheme they once likened to a ‘WWII flak tower’

Meridian Water Angel Bridge

Five developer shortlist for £2bn north London scheme

11 Aug 15

Big names in the running for Meridian Water development

St Johns

Final plans in for Allied London's huge Manchester scheme

11 Aug 15

Allied London has completed its planning submissions for the entire St John’s masterplan in Manchester

AMC Extended Street View

Brookfield Multiplex lands £275m Abu Dhabi mall contract

10 Aug 15

Brookfield Mulitplex has won the £275m contruction contract for a new shopping centre in Abu Dhabi

Sketch of the week

Sketch St John's Wood

Sketch of the week: St John's Wood

4 Sep 15

This week’s sketch is by Ryder Architecture associate David McMahon

Boris launches safer lorrey scheme

Image of the week: In safe hands?

4 Sep 15

The mayor of London introduces a safety scheme that will affect construction vehicles supplying sites in the capital



Building schools: Must try harder

4 Sep 15

The last time a new government was formed the school building sector was handed an abrupt halt


school UK Alamy

School places: Do the math

4 Sep 15

The Department for Education is scratching its head over how to meet the demand for 25% more school places at a time of rising construction inflation and a dearth of available urban land


Richard McCarthy

New kids on the block

3 Sep 15 | By Richard McCarthy

The shift away from local authority control of education brings its own challenges, but it also gives developers the chance to work with academies and free schools to meet community needs

Mairi Johnson

School design: Back to reality

2 Sep 15 | By Mairi Johnson

Today’s schools reflect our emphasis on digitally focused environments. But school communities need to be more physically networked


Harmonising colour schemes involve two or more colours that sit next to each other on the artist’s colour wheel

CPD 17 2015: Specifying colour

2 Sep 15

The latest in our series of CPD modules examines the key issues when selecting a rooflight, including the diff erent types of glass and operating systems, as well as relevant standards and testing procedures

From the archive

BSF archive

This week in 2010

4 Sep 15

We look back five years to the last government’s policy on school building


Tony Bingham

Cost budget: Once were warriors

4 Sep 15 | By Tony Bingham

A judge recently cut in half a claimant’s cost budget which was in excess of the amount in dispute. But you can’t blame lawyers – that’s how they were trained for ‘combative litigation’

Elaine McIlroy and Michael Ryley

Migrant salary rules: Your next headache

3 Sep 15 | By Michael Ryley, Elaine McIlroy

New migrant salary rules coming in next April will make life more difficult for construction companies already hit by skills shortages

Francis Ho

Insurance: Blown out of the water

2 Sep 15 | By Francis Ho

Do all-risks policies permit contractors to avoid liability for insured losses? A recent Court of Session case suggests not

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